Name: Robert J. Dwyer
Rank/Branch: Lieutenant/US Navy
Age: 32
Home City: Worthington, OH
Date of Loss: early February 1991
Country of Loss:
Loss Coordinates:
Status: Killed in Action
Status in 2002: KIA/BNR
Other Personnel in Incident: (unknown)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 19 March 1991 from one
or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
published sources, interviews. Update 2014 POW NETWORK.
SYNOPSIS: During the early weeks of the Middle East war, each time a
Coalition serviceman was shot down or captured, extensive media coverage
followed. The public and POW/MIA families alike had the information they
wanted at the touch of a dial.
When Coalition POWs began being showed on Iraqi television, the world
suffered with their familes as they haltingly gave coerced "peace"
statements. This propaganda effort on the part of the Iraqis actually had a
positive effect in the United States. Families at least knew their missing
loved one was alive, and could assess their mental and physical condition
from propaganda interviews.
Then the "information gap" began. The Pentagon announced that it would no
longer release any information other than name, rank, age and branch of
service of missing or captured personnel. This step was taken, they said, to
protect the well-being of prisoners and to avoid jepeordizing search and
rescue efforts for the missing.
Pentagon briefings and television reports listed the loss of aircraft and
statistics, and the human element of the war was gone. Even long after
search and rescue efforts would cease, no information was released on
missing personnel. Intelligence reports indicating "missing" people were
captured were largely ignored. In the 6 weeks following the televised
propaganda interviews by Coalition POWs, only one Coalition serviceman was
declared POW - and even then, no information was released about him.
The name of Navy Lt. Robert J. Dwyer, age 32, appeared on Pentagon missing
lists in early February 1991. There has been no other information released
by media or government sources about Robert Dwyer.
In early March 1991, 21 American POWs were released by the Iraqis, but
Robert J. Dwyer was not among them. No further word of his fate has been
released. Then in mid-March, Robert J. Dwyer was declared dead. It was not
announced whether the declaration was based on the return of remains or
Several thousand families whose loved ones remain missing in Vietnam, Korea,
and World War II are very concerned about the "information gap" regarding
the missing and prisoners in the Middle East war. They remember being told
to "keep quiet" for the sake of their loved ones. They know that it was only
when they became actively vocal that world pressure stopped the torture and
ill treatment of their men.
They know that nameless, faceless men are easily left behind at the end of
hostilities. They are afraid that another generation of prisoners and
missing, unknown to the American public, will be abandoned to the enemy.
As of May 1997, Dwyer's remains have not been recovered.
Operation Desert Storm, 1991:
Lt. Cmdr. Barry T. Cooke, U.S. Navy, was lost on Feb. 2, 1991, when his A-6 aircraft went down in the Persian Gulf
Lt. Robert J. Dwyer, U.S. Navy, was lost on Feb. 5, 1991, when his FA-18 aircraft went down in the Persian Gulf
Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003-2010
Staff Sgt. Ahmed K. Altaie, U.S. Army, was lost on Oct. 23, 2006 while serving in Iraq as a translator for the U.S. military
Mr. Kirk Von Ackermann, DoD contractor, was lost on Oct. 9, 2003, while working in Forward Operating Base Pacesetter, Iraq
Mr. Timothy E. Bell, DoD contractor, was lost on April 9, 2004, while working in Baghdad, Iraq
Mr. Adnan al-Hilawi, DoD contractor, was lost on March 3, 2007, while working in Baghdad, Iraq"
There are six total.
Sgt. Bergdahl is not included in this number as he is missing from operations in Afghanistan.


Home Town

Last Address
Worthington, OH

Casualty Date
Feb 05, 1991
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Wars and Conflicts/Gulf Wars*/Operation Desert Storm
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Memorial Section H Grave:513